cause of hair loss

In today’s fast-paced business world, if you want to get ahead you are expected to work longer hours, skip lunch and generally prioritise your job above all else. Now we all know this isn’t great for our health, but did you know it could actually be at the root (no pun intended) of your hair loss?

Cause of hair loss: longer hours mean fewer follicles

According to a study carried out by a research team in Korea, there is a direct and significant correlation between the number of hours you put in at the office and the number of hairs on your head – and not in a good way.

The study, which has been published in the journal Annals of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, was conducted over a period of four years, looked at the rate of hair loss in over 13,000 employed men in South Korea, between the ages of 20 and 59.

The findings were quite alarming: men in their 20s and 30s working 52 hours a week or more lost their hair faster than those working a standard 9-5, with incidence of alopecia increasing by two per cent amongst those working a “normal” 40-hour week, three per cent for men who work between 40 and 52 hours per week (classified in the study as “long”) and almost four per cent in those working 52 or more hours (“longer”).

And it looks like it really is those extra hours at the office that do the damage – the study took into account other lifestyle factors and marital status.

Why is longer working hours a cause of hair loss?

Stress is a known cause of hair loss, and the scientists behind the study think that a lethal combination of more time at the office and less time for self-care is what causes the follicles to die off.

Kyung-Hun Son, Of SungKyunKwan University in Seoul, who led the research team, said:

“The results of this study demonstrate that long working hours are significantly associated with the increased development of alopecia in male workers.

Furthermore, the strength of association has increased linearly as work time got longer…

Preventative interventions to promote appropriate and reasonable working hours are required in our society.”

So next time you’re thinking of putting in a bit of overtime, take a moment to consider the effect it could have on your hairline, and ask yourself: Is it really worth it? For advice on hair loss, contact us on 0121 312 2999 to book a consultation with one of our hair loss experts.

science pointing at a hair loss cure

When it comes to hair loss, there have been some remarkable discoveries in the last decade. Here we look at some newly published, collaborative research that has some amazing science pointing at a hair loss cure.

 

Stem Cell Breakthrough

When it comes to modern bioscience, there is not much that is more complex than stem cells. Studying how stem cells work has become central to many labs across the world. Since their discovery, they have teased endless possibilities from curing cancer to the ability to grow new limbs. In amazing research just published, we have science pointing at a hair loss cure.

We all understand that our skin goes through a constant process of renewal. The precise role of stem cells in that process has only been loosely understood. With the publication of this latest research, we now have a better understanding than ever before.

Throughout the skin, stem cells are stored in supportive microenvironments, called niches. Professor Elaine Fuchs (pictured receiving an award from President Obama), of the Rockefeller University, led an international team studying this process. They established that a molecular coordination tool exists. This tool can be used by stem cells to send signals across these niches.

 

A New Understanding Of Hair Growth

So Dr. Fuchs and her international team were studying stem cell niches. A massively complex environment whose roles in tissue growth are still being learned. They identified lymphatic capillaries as critical. These specialised blood vessels transport immune cells and drain away toxins and excess fluids. Through these capillaries all the stem cell niches become interconnected.

During their research, the team turned skin completely transparent. This allowed them to look at the architecture of this network of vessels. They watched as the stem cells secreted molecules that switched that drainage on and off.

Dr. Fuchs describes the involvement of the lymphatic system as a new concept. One which might lead to new therapeutic targets for lymph-related conditions.

 

The Hair Ambulance

The sheer complexity of hair growth, with over 200 genes involved in the process, makes the science a challenge. The amazing work of Dr. Fuchs and her team is great evidence for this. For most of us, making the skin transparent to study the interaction of stem cells with the lymphatic system is just mindblowing.

The phrase, standing on the shoulders of giants springs to mind. Dr. Fuchs is a beneficiary of the decades of great work that went before hers. But she is turning the pages in the book of medical progress, one page at a time. There is no doubt, this is a significant step forward in our grasp of the processes around healthy hair growth. We will continue to monitor her work and look forward to more news from this outstanding team. If you want to read more detail on this breakthrough, you can see the original article, published in Science, by clicking here.

The Hair Ambulance brings world-leading hair loss solutions, including scalp reductions for the hairline, to your door. Hair loss is no longer inevitable. Use the contact form here to either arrange a home visit or book a consultation at one of our private hair loss clinics. Early intervention is a necessity. Do not delay if you are concerned about your hair loss.

 

hair loss treatment

 With the hair loss industry worth billions of dollars and new treatments appearing on the market regularly, it can sometimes feel like you’re throwing good money after bad as you try to ascertain the method that works for you.

But now scientists have discovered a way to test whether your hair loss treatment is really working. A team from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in the USA has developed a device that can test the electrical activity of hair follicles.

What is this device and how does it work?

The scientists behind the device based their ideas on the finding that healthy hair follicles produce a steady magnetic field when lightly pressed. This magnetic field can be measured using a device known as a magnetoencephalogram, or MEG.

The team from MGH have created a helmet-shaped MEG that can measure the activity of hair follicles across the scalp, allowing them to create a “map” of the patient’s scalp.

What does that have to do with the effectiveness of my hair loss treatment?

In a recent study, the MGH researchers used the MEG device to investigate follicular activity on the scalps of 15 participants – two of whom suffered from alopecia.

The maps produced for those participants with alopecia showed no electrical signals at all, whilst all other participants’ maps showed varying degrees of electrical activity.

This suggests that hair follicles that have completely died stop producing a magnetic field, and perhaps that the magnetic field of a follicle is stronger depending on its health – meaning that the helmet could be used to determine whether a hair loss treatment is having any impact on the health of the follicles.

Senior author of the study, David Cohen PhD, who invented MEG and has been a leader in the field of biomagnetism for more than 50 years, said:

“What we have here is a quantitative way to see the activity of hair follicles. As far as we can tell, this is the first time the electrical activity has been measured from the follicles themselves.”

We don’t yet know if or when this device will become available for general use, but it certainly opens the way to tighten up the hair loss industry, so that only the treatments that really work can make it.

In the meantime, if you need a treatment to deal with your hair loss in the here and now, why not contact us on 0121 312 2999 to book a consultation with one of our hair loss experts.

hair transplant

Coronation Street star Jack P Shepherd – who plays David Platt in the long-running ITV soap opera – has reportedly been fined by bosses for promoting a hair transplant clinic on his Twitter page.

Shepherd revealed to followers that he had undergone a hair transplant in January this year, at a well-known hair loss clinic in Manchester but, according to the media, there are rules in place preventing Corrie cast members from advertising on social media, and Shepherd was deemed to have been in breach of those rules.

An expensive mistake

Whilst representatives of both the actor and the soap opera have so far declined to comment, a source told the newspapers that the fine came about after Shepherd posted a video of his hair transplant on social media.

“It was a very serious breach and he was left in no uncertain terms that he had overstepped the mark,” the source claimed. “He was told he was being fined and the figure was a couple of thousand pounds.”

Hair transplant success

However, despite the negative consequences of his actions, Jack seems very pleased with the results of his procedure. He told the press:

“I decided to have it done because my hair loss has really escalated in the last year… I remember seeing myself on screen and thinking, ‘Oh my God, it really is falling out’.”

He went on to explain that he was inspired to undergo a hair transplant after seeing the results of his friend’s treatment: “I was blown away by the improvement and he told me he wished he had done it earlier.”

Jack has been inundated with comments from fans praising the results of his hair loss op and thanking him for raising awareness of the issue of hair loss.

If you’re suffering from hair loss, a hair transplant can provide an effective solution, but it is far from the only option available to you. Why not contact us today to book a consultation with one of our hair loss experts, who can offer you honest, impartial advice on the hair loss treatments that could work for you. Call us on 0121 312 2999.

Am I Losing My Hair

It would seem like an easy question to answer. Am I losing my hair? You may think it is a question an expert could quickly answer. In fact, it remains a challenging issue to quantify. The results of work just published might be about to change that. We take a closer look.

 

Measuring Hair Loss

How do most of us discover our own hair loss? The unfortunate few will be the first to know. Those unlucky enough to discover their own hair loss, in a mirror, already have an advanced issue. It is possible to lose a substantial amount of hair before it becomes visible to us, just by looking in a mirror. In truth, most of us do not get to ask the question, am I losing my hair? The majority of us will find out we are losing our hair in one of two ways. Either a friend, a colleague or some random stranger will mention it. Or you will see a photograph of yourself that will highlight the problem.

However you discover your hair loss, it will come as an unwelcome surprise. Some will brush it off, no pun intended. Others will want to do something about it. At this point, a visit to a trichologist is in order. These hair specialists will take a broad view of your wider health and lifestyle to inform them about what they are seeing on your scalp and hair. The same consideration will be given to the proposed course of treatment. But how do they measure their progress?

Most of us will be familiar with the Norwood Scale and the Ludwig Scale. These are basic formulas for grading the degree of hair loss, which follows predictable patterns for men and women. But they fall short of giving a trichologist the detail they would want to judge any improvement. Beyond these scales, there is global photography. With the right lighting and magnification, a picture can be taken. Using that image an expert can manually count the number of hairs growing in a particular region. There is a higher grade of this type of photography, but that is typically only used by research teams in study environments.

New Technique For Measuring Hair

A team at Massachusetts General Hospital, led by Sheraz Khan Ph.D, has been working on a device that aimed to accurately count hair. They used a device called a magnetoencephalogram (MEG). A MEG can create a visual interpretation of an electrical field and the team hoped that this would give them that elusive definitive measure of hair loss. For their work, the team placed a series of MEG’s into a helmet. The patient would wear the helmet for just a couple of minutes to build that visual interpretation.

The study was a relatively small scale one. It involved just 17 subjects, 2 of whom suffered from visible alopecia. Despite the small scale, the results seem pretty monumental. What they saw was that the patients with alopecia showed no signs of electrical activity. Compared to measurable levels on all the patients with hair.

New Hair Loss Tool

So the promise for hair professionals is for a major step forward. A world where they will be able to measure the hair on a patient’s head at the first meeting. To an unprecedented level of accuracy. Over the course of any treatments that measure can be taken again to assess efficacy. The hope is always that the advance of the hair loss can be slowed or stopped. Where the condition is bought on by any of the triggers that can cause temporary hair loss, the hope becomes that the measure improves over time. As the patient sees a return to their original condition.

In the words of Dr. Khan; “This method provides a quantitative and objective assessment for the health of the hair follicles and can be used as a biomarker for the treatment of hair loss.”

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The arrival of this tool will make a substantial difference to hair professionals the world over. It will also give a simple accurate tool to research teams on which to base and measure the success or otherwise of new treatments. Their current system of using high-quality photographs requires experts at every stage to be a success. More work needs to be done before we are likely to see a commercially available product, we will be watching their progress closely. You can read their published report here.

The Hair Ambulance brings world-leading hair loss solutions, including scalp reductions for the hairline, to your door. Hair loss is no longer inevitable. Use the contact form here to either arrange a home visit or book a consultation at one of our private hair loss clinics. Early intervention is a necessity. Do not delay if you are concerned about your hair loss.

 

Complementary Medicine For Hair Loss

The last decade has seen an explosion of modern techniques and treatments available for hair loss. Despite this and for different reasons, many of us prefer to trust our scalp and hair to more traditional practices. We take a closer look at complementary medicine for hair loss.

 

Complementary Medicine

Alternative medicines are treatments that are considered non-standard but used instead of standard. Chinese medicine would be an example. Complementary medicine, on the other hand, does not preclude standard treatments. They are, as the name suggests, aimed at either helping the standard treatment to do its work or lessening the side effects of that treatment. Acupuncture and massage therapy would be excellent examples. Complementary medicine for hair loss has been around for millennia. Science is rapidly catching up and understanding their processes.

With the benefit of that modern understanding, we take a look at some of the more popular natural hair loss remedies. Some are available because of modern science, others have been with us for millennia.

Natural Hair Loss Remedies

Amino Acids

Essential ingredients in the hair and notable for having been the subject of clinical studies. We will return to amino acids in an upcoming blog.

Vitamin B

Vitamin B is also known as Biotin. Studies have indicated that as many as 40% of healthy women have a biotin deficiency. Only for them is this a required supplement.

Vitamin D

It is easily delivered as a lotion, and vitamin D is needed for healthy hair growth.

Zinc

Among those identified with a zinc deficiency, it is a valuable supplement. Oral zinc achieved a positive result in 67% of patients taking it daily.

Onion Juice

Take this one seriously. Even though It comes with some challenges this natural hair care product is effective. High levels of sulphur make it a potent treatment.

Pumpkin Seed Oil

Known to reduce the conversion of testosterone to DHT. The form of testosterone linked to hair loss. It is high in zinc, vitamin B, iron, and protein.

Rosemary Oil

It currently lacks clinical study but there is a lot of faith in rosemary oil. An ancient remedy trusted for it’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidants agents.

Caffeine

Caffeine is a hair loss supplement that has firmly established itself. It is a good example of how modern science has explained the function of a compound. It inhibits a very specific chemical interaction. Basically, fighting off the immune system trying to destroy your hair follicle.

Curcumin

The active ingredient in turmeric. For centuries, turmeric has been taken as a tonic and it has a passionate following. So it follows that extravagant claims are made for its many and varied perceived benefits. From a scientific point of view, it seems to increase the uptake of minoxidil. With Minoxidil the only FDA approved hair loss drug for women, that is excellent news.

The Hair Ambulance

According to your personal situation, and the degree of your hair loss, one or more of these treatments might be appropriate.

The Hair Ambulance brings world-leading hair loss solutions, including scalp reductions for the hairline, to your door. Hair loss is no longer inevitable. Use the contact form here to either arrange a home visit or book a consultation at one of our private hair loss clinics. Early intervention is a necessity. Do not delay if you are concerned about your hair loss.

A high or large forehead can be difficult to live with. A 37-year-old mum, after a lifetime of living with, and hating her forehead, found a solution. We look closer.

 

Carla Marie-Norton

Carla is a 37-year-old mum from the south of England. She had suffered from anxiety about her appearance since school. But there would be a long journey from there to the point where she finally asked the question, can I lower my hairline? Carla started life with a naturally high hairline. She wore her afro-textured hair swept or scraped back into a ponytail. It is a style that, we hope, is known for its potential impact on the hairline. It is now associated with traction alopecia. The form of hair loss triggered by pulling on the follicles which can lead to permanent hair loss.

Unfortunately for Carla, this is exactly what happened in her case. This raised her already high hairline to the point where it became a real problem. Name-calling through school was a regular experience. These days, Carla understands it was just ‘kids being kids’ but it left its mark.

Carla works in the fashion industry and had tried countless strategies to cover her forehead. Then she googled ‘I hate my forehead’.

Lower My Hairline

She found an article about a woman with a similarly high forehead who opted for surgery. Carla described it as ‘a lightbulb moment’. At that moment she decided that this was going to be for her. A decision she does not regret.

It led her to a surgeon in the UK who took two hours to reconstruct her forehead. The surgery sounds terrifying but has left scarring that is easily covered up with just a little make-up. A fine zig-zag is cut along the hairline, with a section of skin below it removed. The scalp is then reattached mostly within the hairline. It means that even without make-up there is not much to see.

The Hair Ambulance

Carla’s wonderfully redemptive story is a great example of what can be achieved. Her hairline was lowered by 3cm which is over an inch in old money. The effect on her appearance is amazing. It is a service that has been around at this level of quality for a few years now. One which The Hair Ambulance has confidently arranged for clients. Carla’s story has made the press in a big way which can only increase confidence in the procedure. To learn a few surprising things about foreheads click here.

The Hair Ambulance brings world-leading hair loss solutions, including scalp reductions for the hairline, to your door. Hair loss is no longer inevitable. Use the contact form here to either arrange a home visit or book a consultation at one of our private hair loss clinics. Early intervention is a necessity. Do not delay if you are concerned about your hair loss.

 

stem cell therapy for hair loss

New hair loss treatments are appearing in clinics every day, and stem cell treatment has long been regarded as “the one to watch” when it comes to effective, long-term hair loss treatment. Until recently, however, it has remained more theory than actual, available therapy.

But now all that is beginning to change, and it looks like stem cell treatment for hair loss is about to burst onto the mass market.

Hair loss pioneer

One of the first people in the UK to undergo stem cell therapy for hair loss was former boxer Chris Wild. Chris was treated in October last year and told Mail Online that the treatment has made a huge difference, to both his hairline and his confidence.

At 39, this was far from the first hair loss treatment Chris had tried, but nothing else had been successful. With stem cell therapy, however, he claims to have seen a real, tangible improvement in his hair growth.

How does stem cell therapy for hair loss work?

The procedure works by harvesting stem cells from the patient’s skin and mixing them with a saline solution. This mixture is then injected into the scalp in the areas where hair loss is most prominent.

The theory is that these stem cells – which are taken from behind the ears, where the hair tends to be least likely to fall foul of DHT – encourage the growth of new hair follicles.

Doctors performing the therapy claim that patients could see up to a 40% improvement in hair growth after a single stem cell treatment. Chris certainly seems happy, telling the Mail Online: “Four months after the procedure, I visited my mum and the first thing she said was ‘you’ve got more hair’!”

Where can I get stem cell therapy for hair loss?

Whilst these early signs do look promising, it could still be a while before stem cell therapy for hair loss is widely available in the UK.

Until then, why not contact us to book a consultation with one of our hair loss experts, who can offer honest, impartial advice on a wide range of different hair loss treatments, from hair transplants to scalp micro pigmentation and beyond.

The news that pollution is triggering hair loss comes from research presented at a recent dermatology conference. It is the first time any research has been done on the subject so we take a closer look.

 

Pollution

Since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, we have been pumping particulates into the air. In the early days, it was almost entirely soot. Today, there is an exotic mix that reflects our modern, diverse manufacturing planet and ever-growing consumer society. It causes many recognised problems and at least one that so far has gone under the radar. But now a research team has taken the time to study whether pollution is triggering hair loss.

Soot, as it was called when we all used coal fires, is simply an umbrella term for pieces of incompletely burnt matter. It can be made of acid, chemicals, dust, and even soil. The soot that has everyone worried is the type that is incredibly small, less than 2.5 micrometers across. At this scale, they become breathable and are responsible for the death of millions worldwide every year. Environmentalists are taking ever more strident action to bring attention to the effect our activity is having on the planet. But the problem of pollution is here and now, affecting most of us on a daily basis.

That much has been known for a while. But now a research team in South Korea has announced some findings which suggest the problem is also responsible for some cases of hair loss.

Pollution and Our Hair

We all understand the need to deal with the effects of pollution on our hair. For some of us it will lead directly to scalp issues, associated with chemicals and other pollutants. These are gathered by our hair during the day, especially if we wear products they can stick to easily. They will build up on the scalp and can trigger dandruff along with a host of other more complex conditions.

The Korean team, led by Dr Hyul Chul Kwok, presented their results to the 28th European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology in Madrid.

They had been investigating the effects of different concentrations of polluting particles of fine dust on the base of the hair follicle. They then studied the levels of 4 key proteins involved in the cycle of hair growth, rest, and shedding.

All 4 proteins were shown to decrease in response to the exposure. Higher concentrations produced even more pronounced results. In the words of Dr. Kwok “The more pollutants that the cells were exposed to, the bigger this impact seemed to be.”

Protecting Hair From Pollutants

In some Asian cities, it is now common to wear a surgical mask on public transport. Many will also wear hats to provide the same level of protection against pollutants landing on their scalp.

But for most of us, a good hygiene routine is sufficient. A good anti-dandruff shampoo to keep it clean along with a conditioner to make the hair less welcoming to grime. By all means, put a hat on, but it isn’t strictly necessary.

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Dr. Kwok’s team was the first to ever take the time to look into this problem. Remarkable as that might seem, much more work now needs to be done. One small study looking at just 4 proteins need to be extended. Not least by segmenting the study groups. so any difference in results associated with age or gender can be highlighted

Despite its small size, this study seems to clearly point to a direct link. We sincerely hope many others are now tempted to build on this work to further improve our understanding.

The Hair Ambulance brings world-leading hair loss solutions to your door. Hair loss is no longer inevitable. Use the contact form here to either arrange a home visit or book a consultation at one of our private hair loss clinics. Early intervention is a necessity. Do not delay if you are concerned about your hair loss.

 

hair loss developments

Hair loss affects up to 50% of men, and as we are living longer and marrying later in life, the desire to look younger for longer has made the hair loss industry big business.

Treatments for balding have long been given a lot of space in the pages of the Mail and in the fashion and beauty magazines, but until recently the broadsheets have steered clear. 

But when The Observer featured an article on the latest hair loss developments, we knew that this meant they were starting to take the issue of thinning hair more seriously.

So which hair loss developments did The Observer consider worthy of notice?

Hair transplants of the future

The first procedure to be mentioned was a new hair transplant technique, called “partial longitudinal follicular unit extraction”.

This method involves extracting just a small portion of each hair follicle, rather than the whole thing so that there is no scarring in the donor area.

Dr Coen Gho, who pioneered the treatment, said: “We discovered that you don’t need the whole follicle, only a very small part, to produce a new hair to be transplanted into the recipient area. This means that after the treatment, the hairs in the donor area can be cut short, without any, or with minimal, visible density loss.”

Stem cell therapy for hair loss

Stem cell treatments have been a hot topic in the hair loss industry for some time, and now it looks like things might really be taking off.

According to the Observer article, stem cells could now be taken from patient’s skin and transported to a lab, where they can be used to grow whole new hair follicles, which can then be transplanted back into the scalp.

Research teams the world over are competing to be the first to perfect the stem cell treatment, with one such team at Columbia University in New York even using 3D printing technology combined with stem cell research to create exact replicas of hair follicles.

Bringing hair follicles back from the dead

Hair loss occurs when existing hair follicles shrink down from their usual size – usually as a result of exposure to dihydratestosterone (DHT). Some scientists believe that the best way to find a permanent solution to hair loss is to find a way to revive these shrunken follicles.

Professor Ralf Paus, a dermatologist from the University of Manchester, is leading the way in this particular field of research. He and his colleagues have been studying drugs which cause unwanted hair growth as a side-effect, and think they have come up with a new way to stimulate “dead” hair follicles.

By studying these drugs they have found a number of compounds that seem to be effective in stimulating new hair growth in a laboratory situation. If further testing proves positive, these could be trialled in humans soon.

With all these new treatments in the offing, and with the mainstream press starting to take an interest, it looks like an effective, long-term solution to hair loss could be on its way sooner than hoped.

In the meantime, if you need a treatment to deal with your hair loss in the here and now, why not contact us on 0121 312 2999 to book a consultation with one of our hair loss experts.

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